Exercise is a great way to slim down, improve your health and lift your mood.
But lots of people struggle to find the time to exercise.
So here are three “exercise-free” ways to melt the fat off your body without stepping foot in a gym:
Exercise-Free Fat Loss Strategy #1 - Cut the Snacks
Do you often snack between meals to keep your energy up?
Snacking between meals is a common habit. But one that’s also a key cause of weight gain.
This is because most snack foods are high in salt and sugar. This even includes supposedly “healthy” snacks, like lentil curls and chickpea chips…. which can have more salt than two bags of McDonald's french fries!
Eating snacks high in sugar and salt can also disrupt your natural hunger signals, spike your blood sugar, and increase fat storage.
So what can you do to avoid snacking between meals?
Try eating nutrient dense foods at breakfast and lunch that help you feel fuller for longer… such as eggs, avocado, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
But if you really must snack, choose something healthy and low in calories, such as a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, or a cup of yogurt.
Exercise-Free Fat Loss Strategy #2 - Stay Hydrated
Did you know that drinking water can help you lose weight?
Sounds crazy, but it's true!
First off, drinking water helps suppress your appetite and reduce your cravings.
This is because when you feel hungry, you’re actually thirsty, as your body can confuse the two.
Second, water can boost your metabolism and burn more calories.
This is because drinking water can increase the energy your body uses at rest. So you burn more calories even when you’re not exercising.
Drinking cold water can also make your body work harder to warm it up, which can burn extra calories too!
Exercise-Free Fat Loss Strategy #3 - Fidget
If you don’t want to work out, try being more fidgety at your desk.
Even small movements that you do unconsciously, such as tapping your foot, shaking your leg, or twirling a pen, can increase your energy expenditure and help you burn more calories throughout the day.
Fidgeting can also suppress your appetite and improve your blood circulation.
Here are some more tips for being more active without “exercising”:
- Bounce your legs under the desk at work or while watching TV
- Take regular breaks to do physical tasks like cleaning the kitchen, watering the plants, or walking the dog
- Use a stress ball, a fidget spinner, or a rubber band to keep your hands busy
- Stand up and stretch every hour or so
- Change your posture frequently and avoid sitting still for too long
Fidgeting is a simple and natural way to improve your health and fitness. So go ahead and fidget away!
So if you can’t find time to workout on a regular basis, or can’t stomach the idea of going to the gym, try these three strategies to speed up your fat loss…
And slim down the “exercise-free” way!